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Innocence Project sues museum for access to archives on ‘tragically flawed’ bite-mark evidence

The ABA law journal is reporting that the IP has sued the federal government’s National Museum of Health and Medicine for denying it access to archival information on the history of bite-mark analysis. A press release on the lawsuit is here, and coverage by the New York Law Journal is here. The material …

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Forensics have ‘bit between the teeth’ after serious flaws discovered

The case of an innocent man’s teeth marks have taken a bite out of the reputation of the U.S. Forensic Service. This follows forensic evidence claiming a match between his teeth and those of the perpetrator having been discredited after 19 years. The case of Gerard Richardson, who spent 19 years in a …

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UK Supreme Court – No more expert witness immunity

For some time the UK Supreme Court have been deciding a case regarding the immunity of expert witnesses (the original case can be read here). The final judgement in the Jones v Kaney case has been released today.  The full judgement is available here but there is an interesting commentary written by …

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UK Experts held to time line

Will a decision from the Midlands Circuit Family Division spread across England?  The new practice direction, which comes into effect from 1st May is designed to prevent the instruction of experts if they are unable to provide a report within 3 months.  This seems a sensible, but perhaps in smaller …

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A UK Daubert?

A Daubert for the UK? Law Commission Reports on Expert Witness Testimony.  Yesterday the Law Commission published its proposals on reforming the use of expert evidence in England.  The work began in 2009 with a consultation paper and concludes with a report that looks closely at systems around the world, …

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